The Shadow Network
Maria Skyhawk DelGado "Flush" aka "Citlalicue"
Quote: “Welcome to the Lady Grande Casino and Hotel! May you have an enjoyable stay, and may your fate and good fortune walk hand in hand during your stay!”
Description: When appearing to other willworkers, Citlalicue wears a Mayan mask made of solid turquoise and carved into a scowling male face. Flaking brown warpaint that looks like dried blood is drawn in harsh lines on the mask’s cheek and chin.
Citlalicue is a strikingly attractive woman with Hopi and Mexican blood. Her long, black hair has a slight wave to it, while her dark olive complexion and dark, long-lashed eyes give her a sultry look. Her Indian blood shows in her high cheekbones and broad, generous mouth. She wears designer clothes for her job at the casino but prefers jeans and work shirts or long skirts and embroidered blouses for casual attire.
Her nimbus is heard as the sound of a roulette wheel spinning down.
She draws her name from the Aztec goddess of the stars and the Milky Way.
Dedicated Magical Tools: Turquoise pendant
Order: Guardians of the Veil
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 5, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 1, Manipulation 2, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics (Mathematics) 4, Computer 2, Occult 1, Science 4
Physical Skills: Brawl 2, Drive 2, Firearms 1
Social Skills: Expression (Meetings) 2, Intimidation 2, Persuasion 3
Merits: Destiny (“A child shall be your downfall”) 3,
Arcana: Fate 3, Mind 3, Prime 2, Space 5, Time 4
Rotes: Fate – Interconnections (•), Interconnections (•), The Perfect Moment (••), Lucky Coin (•••), Superlative Luck (•••); Prime – Supernal Vision (•), Mage Shield (••); Space – Spatial Awareness (•), Finder (•), Correspondence (•), Scrying (••), Multispatial Perception (•••), Portal (•••), Suspension
(••••), Hide Space (•••••); Time – Momentary Flux (•), Flip of the Coin (••), Apportation (••)
Mana/per turn: 12/3
Background: The third founding member of the Suits and Masks, Maria Skyhawk DelGado was born on a Hopi Indian reservation in New Mexico, the daughter of a tribal wise woman and a Mexican gambler who preferred the Hopi way of life to either life in Mexico or in mainstream America. From her mother Talasi, Maria learned the sacred ways of Hopi women and useful skills such as pottery, beadwork, weaving and herbal healing. Maria’s father Roderigo taught her his only skill – the way of the gambler. She learned numerous variants of poker, blackjack, solitaire and other betting card games as well as dice and roulette.
Although she was a good student in the reservation school, she was constantly in trouble for gambling during recess, and, more often than not, her classmates owed her their lunch money and allowances. Her mother scolded her; her father just smiled and remarked that some things were just inherited. After high school, Maria left the reservation to attend the University of New Mexico on an academic scholarship. She wanted to major in Indian Studies and eventually teach classes at the reservation on Hopi cultural identity. She found out, however, that many of the old prejudices still existed, and some of her classmates snubbed her because of her Native American origins and her preference for traditional ways.
In order to gain the friendship, or at least the tolerance, of her classmates, Maria began nighttime gambling games in one of the meeting rooms in the student recreation center. Soon, she found herself a popular woman on campus. Even the security guards turned a blind eye to the late nights; in fact, some of them would stop by for “just a few hands” during their rounds.
Maria never considered that she might be making enemies outside the university. When word of her weekly “student casinos” found its way to the leader of organized gambling in town, Maria soon received a visitor and a gentle (verbal only) warning. Still not understanding her peril, Maria thanked her visitor for his advice and said she would take it under consideration. She did and decided to continue as she had been. That was her mistake.
One night, on the way back to her dorm from a study session, she was accosted by two men in dark suits. The next thing she knew, one was holding her arms behind her while the other was pummeling her in the stomach and chest until she felt her legs give way. The man who held her let her fall to the ground. Then the kicking began. Just before she passed out, Maria cursed both her attackers. Then darkness claimed her.
She awoke on a path strewn with thistles that led to a silvery tower wrapped around with thorns and roses. From her Hopi background, she recognized a vision quest when it hit her in the face. She followed the path to the tower, took a thorn from the wall and walked inside. There she found a wall inscribed with names, all seemingly written in blood. Certain of what she should do, Maria drove the tip of the thorn into the fleshy part of her thumb and inscribed her name in blood on the wall.
She awoke again, this time in a hospital. A doctor was standing over her, smiling kindly. “I see you’ve Awakened,” he said. Maria heard the capital A in his voice and suddenly knew what he meant. She looked down at her hands; one had a bandage on the thumb. Her other hand held a thorny stem that ended in a single, perfect white rose.
“My name is Citlalicue,” she said, and began her studies as a mage of the Path of Acanthus.
Citlalicue left college and moved with her teacher, a member of the Free Council, to Detroit where he opened up a private practice. She quickly got work in one of the casinos and eventually became head hostess at the prestigious MGM Grand Casino and Hotel. There she twisted luck and fate until her husband was killed as a casualty of the Mage wars of the 1980’s.
Desperate, she cast powerful time and space magics to find the way that she might avenge her husband’s death. Her spell guided her to Enula and she was quickly taken in by the burgeoning cabal.
Storytelling Hints: Since her Awakening, Citlalicue has become a firm believer in the power of Fate and has made every effort to study it in all its forms. She finds casinos as the perfect expression of the working of Fate. She is confident that the mob goons who attacked her a decades ago will find themselves drawn by her curse to her casino, and then she will exact her revenge and visit their Fate upon them.